Friday, January 7, 2011

Yogurt mishap

So last night I was all smug and excited.  I had been told by various medical professionals that for some people who have celiac or gluten intolerance that the ability to digest dairy products can sometimes return after being on a gluten free diet for long enough to heal their damaged intestines.  A difficulty digesting dairy is very common for those who also can't process gluten, but apparently just a temporary problem for a lucky few. 

I am lactose intolerant, so I know all about the side effects of consuming too many dairy products.  I am able to tolerate some dairy, however, and I was encouraged to be told from the pediatric allergist that we went to see for my son that some dairy products are better tolerated by lactose intolerant people than others, such as yogurt and hard cheeses.  She suggested that since my son has been on a gluten free diet for a few months now that we might be able to introduce some goats' milk or some regular yogurt and see how it goes. 

So I did, two nights ago.  Organic, toddler yogurt, sweetened with fruit juice.  No gluten.  And yesterday, he was fine.  So I gave him another one last night, thinking that perhaps yogurt could be reintroduced into his diet.  Especially since he has recently decided that he no longer likes the soy yogurt I used to buy him.

I was wrong.

This morning was....unpleasant.  Let me just say that his unhappy bowels sent me a message, loud and clear, that yogurt was not going to be tolerated by my little one.  I feel like a horrible mommy, but he didn't seem too concerned except to point and say "That's ewwww".  Eww indeed.

Lesson learned.


  1. Trust me I know each person is completely different, Hunter & I are like night & day with our symptoms. It took Hunter over a year of repair before he could digest dairy properly and I have some days better than others. You can always try to let him help you make your own yogurt (coconut milk, soy, or otherwise). Kids seem to enjoy the end product of their work :) Good luck!

  2. How do you make yogurt at home? Do you need special equipemnt? I would love to try it. Please share!